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Colorado Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Colorado public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

Colorado recognizes all federal holidays and the Department of Labor and Employment is responsible for overseeing that employers comply with holiday laws. There are specific regulations in Colorado law that pertain to holiday pay.

In Colorado, an employer is not required to give employees paid time off for holidays. In addition, the state does not require an employer to pay more than the employee’s regular pay rate if they are required to work on a holiday. If an employee does not work on a holiday, the holiday cannot count toward overtime hours at the end of the week unless the employee actually worked on the holiday.

Colorado Holidays

Colorado recognizes federal holidays including Christmas, Labor Day and President’s Day. Colorado also allows state employees to observe Cesar Chavez Day on March 31 in place of another holiday if they so choose. The holiday is in recognition of a migrant farm worker who shed light on the issues faced by migrant farm workers in the United States in the 1960s.

Public and Private Employers

On most holidays, public offices including city, state and county offices are closed. Employees are given paid days off on those holidays. If a private employer chooses to close on a holiday, they are not required to pay employees for the day off. Many employers in Colorado do offer paid holidays to their employees even though it is not required.

Local communities may also celebrate other holidays in Colorado where local businesses or city offices may be closed. These are not necessarily state-sanctioned holidays, but state laws apply to hourly rates and payment to employees. If a holiday in Colorado falls on a Saturday, it is observed the day before while Sunday holidays are celebrated the day after. There are no laws in place regarding payment of wages should payday fall on a holiday in Colorado.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Colorado State Government.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
20 FebMonPresident's Day
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
9 OctMonColumbus Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day